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Really struggling with extra weight in pregnancy - "apron under tummy"?!

(11 Posts)
emsies Thu 04-Aug-11 21:09:22

I'm 24 weeks pregnant and am overweight by a couple of stone.

I was very overweight with my first and after a caesarean I had quite a lot of flabby flesh that hung a bit over my scar but I assumed when I lost weight it would be ok.

Now however I have a very pregnant bump (with extra padding sad ) and under that its almost like a separate limb which must be just flab. It's horrid. I have to tuck it into pants/jeans. Can't wear skirts. Hate it so much.

Any ideas about it? I'm getting paranoid I ought to wear a "bra" over it of some description so it doesn't "hang" and get saggy sad

Anything I can do to help it go after the birth? Help?!

Crosshair Thu 04-Aug-11 21:23:14

Sounds like the sort of thing you need surgery for(just me guessing), my mum couldn't shift her odd c-section tummy. Maybe ask your doctor?

notlettingthefearshow Thu 04-Aug-11 23:25:06

I really feel for you - what a shame after you did so well to lose weight.

I'm sure a midwife or other healthy professional can give you advice in what must be a common situation for many women, so don't feel shy about asking them.

I would try exercise after the birth to focus on stomach muscles - get a trainer at your gym to advise you about a plan. Look into slothing solutions to help you feel more confident - there are some amazing clothes around now to deal with all sorts of bodily 'imperfections'. Give it a few months and if you don't see an improvement, speak to a doctor. The most drastic and expensive step would be surgery, but it may be more standard / affordable than you think. Depending on how strongly you feel, this may be an option.

One more thing - it may really not be as bad as you think! You may feel a lot more self conscious now because you're pregnant. See how you feel after the birth - giving yourself chance to get back into shape, of course. Good luck!

emsies Fri 05-Aug-11 07:58:49

Thanks for the replies. Sadly surgery is highly unlikely to be an option (not exactly life threatening so I doubt nhs would pay and I'm likely to be a broke sahm for at least a few years!).

Its got worse/more obvious during pregnancy where it looks distinct from my "bump". Maybe it will improve after pregnancy and when I lose weight afterwards... I could have done with losing another 2 stone before I got pregnant but it kind of accidently happened earlier than planned! sigh. At least if I do end up with excess skin (surely the fat will go with diet/exercise? *worried look*) then it will have been in a good cause. I'm more worried the lump of fat won't go.

I've been goggling and seen it called a "mothers apron". Sigh.

AlpinePony Fri 05-Aug-11 08:15:00

I was very overweight once and left with an apron. No amount of 'gym' in the world gets rid of loose skin and unfortunately fat can remain in localized pockets. sad I had a tt, and will probably have a touch of lipo once I'm done with the babies.

emsies Fri 05-Aug-11 09:12:32

Alpine Pony - that's what I was thinking might be the case. The extra tummy under my "bump" does seem to have its only pocket of fat. :

Poo. sad I'm going to have to learn to lump it aren't I!

AlpinePony Fri 05-Aug-11 09:17:03

Yep. sad Either going to have to go down the surgery route when you're working again or buy giant, ugly pants. sad

Crosshair Fri 05-Aug-11 11:18:03

I would still consult your doctor after birth if its effecting your self esteem and making you sad. I thought some people could get cosmetic work on the nhs if it effects their lifes.

Good luck with your pregnancy!

benne81 Fri 05-Aug-11 12:12:24

I know in the past they used to do 'apronectomys' on the NHS. It may be slightly more difficult to get today in this financial climate but if you can put a case forward for psychological distress it may get funded.

emsies Fri 05-Aug-11 13:29:33

It should be less than it is at the moment though (I hope) as presumably all the fat has been pushed down by the baby, and I am carrying extra weight that I plan to lose... so it might not seem as bad then. Maybe.

Thanks for the advice smile

emsies Fri 05-Aug-11 13:29:58

I'm doing all I can to avoid a c section again this time!

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